Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Plenty of Oakey Rookies but Skipper Not Fazed

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Plenty of Oakey Rookies but Skipper Not Fazed

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Byline: Ben Drewe @thechronicle.com.au

STEVEN Rodgers may be the captain of minor premiers Oakey but even he will be making his TRL A grade finals debut in tomorrow's major semi-final against Valleys at Clive Berghofer Stadium.

Oakey has performed a remarkable turnaround in 2011, going from easybeats the past few years to genuine contender for the TRL title.

The Bears are just one win from booking a grand final berth which is a big achievement for coach Jan Petrie and his charges.

But while they are merely one win away from the decider, only a select few Oakey players have actually experienced an A grade final.

Oakey junior Rodgers is in that position.

C[pounds sterling]This is the first for me and the first for a lot of the guys,C[yen] the 26-year-old skipper said.

Interchange forward Petrie is one of a select few Bears with top-grade finals experience, along with fellow forwards Brendon Crouch, Luke Hellyer and Shane Turl.

But Petrie is not expecting that to be a factor against five-time defending premiers Valleys. …

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